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Fierce Leadership: A bold alternative to the worst 'best practices' of business today [Kindle Edition]

Susan Scott
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‘Hire smart people…’, ‘Hold people accountable…’, ‘Focus on the client…’.



For years, these mantras have been blindly adopted by business leaders everywhere but, as Susan Scott shows, these so-called best practices are ineffectual, cost companies vast sums and drive away the most valuable employees and customers. Yet they are so deeply ingrained in our organisational culture that no one has questioned them, until now.



Informed by over a decade of research and work with CEOs and senior executives of the world’s leading companies, Susan Scott reveals why these established practices are so wrongheaded and shows you how to spot the signs that you are falling prey to them and why they are adversely affecting your business. She then, in her direct, no-nonsense style, suggests a series of surprising and smart alternatives that you should put in their place.


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Fierce and chock full of fresh ideas! A great read for anyone who leads . . . And that's just about all of us (Lois P. Frankel, PhD, author of SEE JANE LEAD)

Fierce Leadership will teach you everything you need to know to truly set your company, and your career apart (Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of WHO'S GOT YOUR BACK)

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From the bestselling author of Fierce Conversations, here is a much-needed antidote to some of the most wrongheaded practices in business today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1395 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYD3ZG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bestselling author Susan Scott has been working as a leadership development architect for more than two decades. She is the founder of Fierce, Inc., a global training company that helps Global 1000 companies generate significant results by transforming the conversations central to their success. Fierce, Inc.'s clients include Yahoo, Starbucks, Cisco, Nestle, and Coca-Cola. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
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With regard to the meaning of "fierce," it is the same when used in the title of Susan Scott's previously published book, Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time. The word usually connotes being aggressive, confrontational, perhaps even hostile when in fact Pierce notes that it can also be used when expressing affection, loyalty, appreciation, and perhaps even love. However it is used, whatever is expressed should be honest, real, genuine, frank, candid, and in all other respects authentic. The subtitle of this book refers to a "bold alternative to the worst `best' practices of business today." This is a subject of great interest to me because much nonsense has been written about how the best practices of a GE, for example, can help other organizations succeed. The fact is, that best practices are not core values. They must be modified, sometimes replaced entirely as changing circumstances demand. It is worth adding that GE's best practices during Jack Welch's last year (2001) as chairman and CEO have changed significantly since then.

Ernest Hemingway once observed that all great writers have a "built-in, shock-proof crap detector." Scott suggests that fierce leaders also have one as well as what she characterizes as a "squid eye." That is, as Paul Lindbergh explains, "Seeing squid means you are seeing many things that others cannot and do not see. It means having sight in the presence of the blind. It means that you are a selective and efficient information gatherer. This is what `quid eye' really means, and when you apply it to other aspects of your life, you will have, metaphorically, more tuna in your net and fewer guppies and old rubber boots. And if you can see one `tell' [i.e.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 Aug. 2012
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I was a big fan of her previous book "Fierce Conversatons". This is not up to that standard. Too repetitive, far too US-focused in example and solutions (when will management writers absorb that the European labour market imposes very different practices from the US one?). Not insightful or useful.
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Don't be put off by the title, it's not about attacking your employees, it's about managing them professionally, and ina way they both ask for (if you ask them) and like. If you manage people it's a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered promptly and an engaging read 6 April 2013
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Only part way through this book but I like her style of writing. It is easy and engaging and straightforward.
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